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Issue 36, November 23, 2015

Partner Spotlight – Redhook Brewery

Redhook logoJulia Person, the Sustainability Manager at Redhook Brewery, answers some questions regarding Redhook's sustainability achievements and goals, and its involvement with GPP:

Q. Why did your organization decide to use green power? What do you see as the benefits of using green power and what role does it play in your company's broader business and environmental strategy?

A. Being in the brewing industry, where water is one of the key ingredients in the beers we brew, we have a direct line of sight to the impact we can make—on our local community and environment—through our sustainability efforts. As a pioneer in craft beer, we believe it is our responsibility to set the standards for both the quality of our beers and the sustainable ways in which we brew them. Greenhouse gas emissions, as well as water usage, will be among the biggest issues facing the craft brewing industry in the coming years, and we are committed to finding innovative ways to address them.

Redhook Brewery uses the methane gas generated by their treatment plant, shown above, to produce electricity at their brewery at the Pease International Tradeport.
Redhook Brewery uses the methane gas generated by their treatment plant, shown above, to produce electricity at their brewery at the Pease International Tradeport.

Q. Is your organization currently striving to achieve a green power goal and is there a timeframe? What steps are being taken to reach it?

A. We are tracking our Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions for the first time, and in 2014 we achieved a 7.2 percent improvement compared to our baseline year of 2013. Energy usage, and specifically shrinking our carbon footprint, is one of our four focus areas for a greener future.

Q. Describe any innovative green power strategies your organization has implemented or is planning. Do you have any upcoming projects or strategies that relate to your company's green power usage?

A. This year Redhook Brewery is embarking on an innovative project to harness biogas from our existing wastewater treatment plant. We will be able to capture and use the biogas for generating electricity by installing a combined heat and power plant at the brewery.

Q. What are two or three lessons you've learned in making the switch to green power or in increasing your green power use?

A. It was great to learn that there is such a strong support community for green power. There is an exceptional coalition of like-minded breweries that support green power use, as demonstrated by Ceres' Brewery Climate Declaration. Our industry can play an important role in bringing awareness to this urgent issue.

Additionally, earning recognition as an EPA Green Power Partner helped validate the progress we're making. We are honored to be named to the Green Power Leadership Club, and look forward to continuing to be involved.

Q. What advice would you give to other organizations interested in using green power, and is there anything you would do differently? What barriers did you encounter when switching to green power?

A. We would advise organizations to spread the word and be vocal about their renewable energy use. The awareness you will bring to your customers, along with the support and recognition, are business benefits that you may not always consider when looking at making the switch to green power.

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Welcome New Partners!

GPP welcomes the following 50 organizations that joined the Green Power Partnership in the third quarter of 2015.

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources: SuperCharge! Foods (Wis.), Urban Bee Company (Wash.)
  • Architectural Services: Broadleaf Architecture (Ore.), Sue Oda Landscape Architecture (Calif.)
  • Banking & Financial Services: Leah B. Noel, CPA, PC (N.C.)
  • Construction and Engineering Services: Morrissey Engineering (Neb.)
  • Consumer Products: TerraNut (N.Y.), Nidecker (Calif.), Themis and Thread (N.Y.), Inesscents (Ore.)
  • Education (Higher): Saint Mary's College of California (Calif.)
  • Education (K-12): The da Vinci School (Texas)
  • Government (Local, Municipal): City of Bainbridge Island, WA (Wash.), Town of Norwich, VT (Vt.), City of El Lago, TX (Texas)
  • Green Power Community: Maplewood, MO Community (Mo.), Glen Ellyn, IL Community (Ill.)
  • Health Care: Quest Diagnostics (N.J.), The Yoga Wellness Center (N.C.)
  • Industrial Goods & Services: S&C Electric Company (Ill.)
  • Insurance: John Hancock Life Insurance Company / Boston Operations (Mass.)
  • Marketing, Advertising & PR: Modern Species (Wash.)
  • Museums, Parks & Zoos: Washington Parks & People (D.C.)
  • Non-Profit (NGO): Arkansans for Animals Inc. (Ark.)
  • Printing & Packaging: Superior Lithographics (Calif.)
  • Real Estate: Bill Pfeif and Associates (Calif.), DBD/Monroe Holdings, LLC (N.C.), ASHP Wichita Falls, LLC (Texas)
  • Recreation: Everyday People Yoga (Ore.), Ocean First (Colo.), Statue Cruises (N.J.), Hot Yoga for Life (Ore.), OmBase Yoga (Ore.), John Garey Fitness & Pilates (Calif.)
  • Religious: Washington Ethical Society (D.C.), Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross (Wis.)
  • Restaurants & Cafes: The Last Steep (Colo.), The Green Beanery (Wash.), Irving Street Kitchen (Ore.), Lily's Creperie (Calif.)
  • Retail: Piano Emporium (N.C.), SuitSupply Dallas Inc. (Texas), Avalon International (Texas), Tinker Art Studio (Colo.), Sevenly (Calif.), Salon Bellissima (Wash.)
  • Technology & Telecom: World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc (Mo.)
  • Wineries & Breweries: Maine Beer Company (Maine), Bissell Brothers Brewing Company (Maine), The Hoppy Monk (Texas)

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In the News—Recent Press on the Green Power Partnership

Between October's Green Power Leadership Awards and Top Partner Rankings updates, Green Power Partners have received quite a bit of press recently. Read below to find out more.

Here's what a few of our partners are saying about being recognized for their green power efforts in recent press releases:

National Hockey League (NHL), NHL Named U.S. EPA Green Power Partner of the Year, on receiving a Green Power Leadership Award:
"Environmental sustainability is important to the NHL and we are proud to be recognized for our efforts in support of clean energy," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "For the good health of our players and fans, we will continue to support initiatives to keep the air clean and the ponds frozen for future generations." (October 19 Press Release)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Ranks High in EPA Report on Renewable Energy Use, on ranking eighth among federal agencies in green power usage according to GPP:
"Our goal is to support domestic production and use of renewable energy," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Using green power helps grow American jobs, helps USDA programs and services become more sustainable, and demonstrates to every level of government and private industry that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice to help reduce climate risk." (October 27 Press Release)

City of Rockville, MD, Rockville Again Recognized as a National Leader in Green Power User, on ranking 26th on the GPP Top 30 Local Government List:
"Rockville purchases 16 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually, which is enough to offset 100 percent of the organization's electricity use. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation in support of cleaner renewable energy alternatives, such as, in Rockville's case, wind." (November 2 Press Release)

Recent Articles:

GPP on Social Media

Green Power Partners are taking to social media to promote their green power use and partnership with EPA.  See below for some highlights:

Equinix: We're now number 18 on the #EPAGreenPower Partnership National Top 100 ranking of green power users! http://1.usa.gov/1KoG3pX

Tompkins County, NY: Tompkins County: an #EPAGreenPower Partner using clean, renewable energy for 100% of our electricity use! http://tinyurl.com/nb7985a #twithaca

Filosano: We're proud to announce headquarters switched to 100% clean, renewable electricity and have been recognized by @EPA #EPAGreenPower Partner!

Visit GPP's home page and check out our Twitter feed to see more.

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Rocky Mountain Institute's "Renewable Energy Market is Evolving"

In early November, the Rocky Mountain Institute published a blog post authored by Sarah Beth Penndorf, the Associate Director of Renewable Energy Procurement at 3Degrees, describing the evolution of the renewable energy market and the emergence of new product types.

The renewable energy market is divided into two distinct eras: Era 1 (1990s-2000s), the early days of deregulation, renewable energy certificates (RECs), and renewable portfolio standards (RPSs); and Era 2 (2000s-present), the modern time of power purchase agreements (PPAs) and the corporate and institutional (C&I) segment. The blog ends describing the large influence C&I decision makers have in transforming the renewable market today and how encouraging the market is looking. Check out the blog post on RMI's website.

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Green-e® Verification Report Recently Released

The Center for Resource Solutions published the 2014 Annual Verification Report (PDF) (12 pp, 5 MB) in October, which highlights the results of the annual verification process audit for Green-e Climate, Green-e Energy, and Green-e Marketplace participants. Green-e is North America's only independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the voluntary market. As illustrated in Figure 1 (below), Green-e Energy certified retail sales totaled nearly 38 million megawatt-hours (or 38 billion kilowatt-hours) in 2014, an overall increase of 13 percent when compared to 2013 sales. To learn more, visit www.green-e.org.

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(Source: Green-e 2015)

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New Green-e® Federal Renewable Energy Certification Option

In October, the Center for Resource Solutions also announced the launch of a new Green-e certification option designed for energy sellers that contract with government agencies and departments interested in renewable energy supply. Green-e Energy-certified Federal products will meet requirements established in Executive Order 13693 (PDF) (16 pp, 342K), issued by President Obama in March 2015. Following guidelines set forth in June by the White House Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) Office of Federal Sustainability, acceptable supply will meet Federal guidelines as well as the Green-e Energy National Standard rules, while providing third-party verification and the corresponding consumer protections and guaranteed environmental benefits.

Green-e Energy Federal products will help agencies reduce the environmental impact of their electricity use, while minimizing market risk through the extensive third-party verification process. By meeting both Green-e Energy National Standard and Federal standards of quality, agencies will be securing some of the most environmentally impactful energy produced in the United States, energy that also complies with a wide range of other environmental standards, including the LEED standard.

Green-e Energy Federal products will be available to buyers through Green-e Energy participants who have established an additional Federal-specific product with Green-e. Green-e Energy, a program of the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions, certifies renewable energy that meets environmental and consumer protection standards developed in conjunction with leading environmental, energy, and policy organizations.

To learn more about building a Green-e Energy Federal product, or find sellers that can provide certified supply, visit www.green-e.org/federal.

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Update on Green Power Equivalency Calculator

Have you visited the GPP website lately and wondered what happened to the Green Power Equivalency Calculator? Due to recently released Scope 2 guidance, GPP opted to remove the calculator from the website at this time. Instead of using an emission reduction equivalency, EPA recommends that Partners use equivalency statements based on equivalent kilowatt-hours.

For example, [Organization's] purchase of XX million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power is the equivalent to the annual power usage of XX average American homes.

The conversion factor for this equivalency statement is [your annual green power purchase in kWh]/[10,932 kWh per average American home per year].*

*Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=97&t=3

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Past Issues

GPP Program Update, Issue 35, October 29, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 34, September 22, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 33, August 10, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 32, June 16, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 31, May 13, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 30, April 8, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 29, March 10, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 28, February 12, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 27, January 13, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 26, December 11, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 25, October 20, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 24, September 22, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 23, August 11, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 22, July 14, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 21, June 17, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 20, May 5, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 19, April 7, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 18, March 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 17, February 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 16, January 13, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 15, December 19, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 14, November 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 13, October 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 12, September 9, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 11, August 12, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 10, July 15, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 9, June 17, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 8, May 13, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 7, April 8, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 6, March 11, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 5, February 20, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 4, January 14, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 3, December 17, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 2, November 26, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 1, October 22, 2012

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